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By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

Dutch government presents new rules for harmonisation of environmental zones


Municipalities in the Netherlands that plan to introduce an environmental zone will now only have two options; access restrictions can only be imposed on diesel fuelled passenger vehicles and vans older than 15 years or older than 20 years, as well as to freight vehicles. No access restrictions can be imposed on petrol vehicles.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 02 Jul 2018

The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars


The municipality of Rotterdam ends access restrictions to passenger cars in the city environmental zone. The decision was announced in the local the Coalition Agreement presented on 26 June by the newly elected local government.

Access restrictions for petrol cars built before 1 January will be lifted as of 1 July, 2018, whereas restrictions applying to diesel cars built before 1 January, 2001, will be lifted 1 January, 2020.

By Teije Gorris / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Cycling infrastructure and road safety trainings - Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow.


"Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow." A bold statement, right? One we intend to make true as of today! Traffic and transport professionals around the globe can pan out, learning from proven Dutch design principles and policy-making, while immersing themselves in the ‘Dutch experience’. This premise is the basis of two practical 5-day trainings offered in the Netherlands this fall: Cycling Infrastructure and a training Road Safety. 

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 12 Jun 2018
By Tom Nokes / Updated: 10 Jul 2018

Groningen (NL) hosts 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans


The City of Groningen will host of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (2019). The news was announced by Maja Bakran Marchich, deputy Director General of DG MOVE, during the closing plenary of the 5th SUMP conference.

Dates will be announced soon at www.eltis.org.

By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 18 Apr 2018

Do Dutch children cycle less? Traffic safety institute VVN expresses concern.



The Dutch Veilig Verkeer Nederland (VVN) announces a study into the decreasing number of Dutch children that travel to school by bike. VVN expresses concern that children with no or little experience in cycling affect traffic safety. At the same, it impedes their own development. 

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 29 Mar 2018

Maastricht to follow German example introducing its Low Emission Zone


The city of Maastricht has announced its plans to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) next year. The measure is part of the city’s efforts to improve air quality.

Unlike other Dutch cities that have introduced an LEZ, or have announced plans to do so, Maastricht is the first Dutch city planning to use a vignette system, following the example of the green environmental badge (Umweltplakette) used in Germany. Critics fear a patchwork of rules and enforcement systems for LEZ will emerge.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 17 Jan 2018

SPRING CONFERENCE 2018: Managing Change and Growth In Places of Connection

A European conference celebrating urban transport nodes and urban (re)development around main public transport nodes will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 23 - 25 May 2018.

Several flagship projects from around Europe will share their experiences. It will bring together the leaders of each development and focuses on collaboration between stakeholders, landowners, and civil society representatives.

For more information, please contact this email address: springconference2018@utrecht.nl.

By Renske Martijnse / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

How a SUMP helped the development of a SULP in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands)


In addition to developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, ‘s-Hertogenbosch is updating its Sustainable Urban Logistics Plan (SULP) to incorporate its inner city. By improving and expanding existing logistics measures, the city will create “multi-solution measures” based on a community approach.

Using this approach, policy targets can be combined and support and commitment from stakeholders maximised. Five measures have already been elaborated and a roadmap is in place to gain the necessary political approval for the SULP.

By Jan-Willem Van ... / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

Utrecht's SUMP: moving from theory to practice (the Netherlands)


A new and integrated planning approach is required for designing the cities of the future. Utrecht recognised this and adopted the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) framework.

This case study outlines how Utrecht moved from developing its SUMP to making practical design choices and implementing measures to create a healthier and more sustainable city. The changes these decisions instigated in public spaces and their positive impact on sustainable mobility are also shown.